Published Friday, 16 August 2013
Thousands are expected to descend upon Derry-Londonderry for the final couple of days of the festival, which has come to Northern Ireland for the first time in its 60 years running.
Hundreds of musicians have also been participating in the festival in competitions and concerts all week and performances have already seen names such as poet Seamus Heaney and singer Cara Dillon take to the stage.
A highlight of the weekend will be the Transatlantic Fleadh, a one-off event which celebrates the musical connections between Ireland, Scotland and America.
The concert will feature Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien and Dan Tyminski, whose singing featured in Hollywood film O Brother Where Art Thou?
Organiser Gearóid Ó hEára said: "In many ways the population of Derry didn't know fully what a Fleadh is, and the Fleadh community didn't know what Derry is because many of them haven't been. We've brought them together and both are really pleased with what happened."
Hotels, restaurants and bars in Derry are packed and the huge crowds are music to the ears of local businesses.
"This week is an absolute stand-out," said Foyle MP Mark Durkan. "The city feels really good about itself, people feel really good with each other. Visitors are really enjoying being here and the city is really enjoying hosting all those visitors."
An estimated 300,000 people will have visited the city at the end of this week, making it one of the biggest and most successful events of the City of Culture year.
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